Category Archive for: ‘Overprescribing’

The Evidence Gap – The Pain May Be Real, But The (MRI) Scan Is Deceiving

December 9, 2008By GINA KOLATAThe New York Times Cheryl Weinstein’s left knee bothered her for years, but when it started clicking and hurting when she straightened it, she told her internist that something was definitely wrong. It was the start of her medical odyssey, a journey that led her to specialists, physical therapy, Internet searches and, finally, an M.R.I. scan …

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Prescription Pill Deaths Soar

November 13, 2008 Prescription pill deaths soarNational trend is even more pronounced in Washington By VANESSA HOP-I REPORTER More people are dying from prescription painkillers than ever before in a national epidemic that’s eclipsing past drug scourges, including heroin overdoses in the ’70s and crack cocaine deaths in the early ’90s. The trend, reported by the Centers for Disease Control …

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Doctors Underprescribe For Fear Of Prosecution

By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer9/20/2008Tulsa World A study shows that doctors needn’t fear prescribing pain medicine. Many physicians underprescribe pain medications for patients who need them out of fear of prosecution, but a national study shows that few of the nation’s doctors ever get in trouble for prescribing narcotics improperly. The study, which appeared in the Sept. 9 edition …

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The Painful Truth About Nevada

Many Nevadans crave painkillers, and some doctors obligePrescription drugs confiscated by the coroner’s office in the past six weeks are displayed at the coroner’s offices Wednesday. Las Vegas SunBy Marshall AllenSun, Jul 6, 2008 Nevadans consume about twice the national average of several prescription painkillers, making us among the most narcotic-addled populations in the United States, a Sun analysis has …

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